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The Best Boxers of All Time 

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List Rules Any professional boxer from any weight class and any era. No MMA or martial artists

This list of the best boxers of all time is ranked by boxing fans worldwide. The goal is to determine the greatest boxers ever. The list establishes individual rankings of specific boxers and helps answer the question, "Who is the greatest boxer of all time?" This list includes some real legends of the boxing world.

Who are the best boxers of all time? Anyone can vote on the greatest boxers of all time, which means these boxers are truly fan favorites. From Olympic legends like Sugar Ray Leonard to sports idols like Muhammad Ali, there are numerous choices to examine when contemplating the question of who is the greatest boxer of all time. Vote now to help determine the greatest pound for pound boxers of all time.

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Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Heavyweight

Age: 77

Nationality: United States of America

Muhammad Ali (; born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.; January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016) was an American professional boxer, activist, and philanthropist. Nicknamed "The Greatest," he is ...more

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Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Heavyweight

Age: Dec. at 46 (1923-1969)

Nationality: United States of America

Rocco Francis Marchegiano (September 1, 1923 – August 31, 1969), best known as Rocky Marciano (), was an American professional boxer who competed from 1947 to 1955, and held the world ...more

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#22 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #501 of 2,437 The Most Influential People of All Time #1 of 207 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

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Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Welterweight, Middleweight

Age: Dec. at 68 (1921-1989)

Nationality: United States of America

Sugar Ray Robinson (born Walker Smith Jr.; May 3, 1921 – April 12, 1989) was an American professional boxer who competed from 1940 to 1965. Robinson's performances in the welterweight and ...more

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Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Super bantamweight, Flyweight, Welterweight

Age: 41

Nationality: Philippines

Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao, PLH ( PAK-ee-ow; Tagalog: [pɐkˈjaʊ]; born December 17, 1978) is a Filipino professional boxer and politician, currently serving as a senator of the Philippines. ...more

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Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Heavyweight

Age: Dec. at 67 (1914-1981)

Nationality: United States of America

Joseph Louis Barrow (May 13, 1914 – April 12, 1981), best known as Joe Louis was an American professional boxer who competed from 1934 to 1951. He reigned as the world heavyweight champion from ...more

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Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Heavyweight

Age: 53

Nationality: United States of America

Michael Gerard Tyson (born June 30, 1966) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1985 to 2005. He reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion and holds the record as ...more

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Jack Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Heavyweight

Age: Dec. at 88 (1895-1983)

Nationality: United States of America

William Harrison "Jack" Dempsey (June 24, 1895 – May 31, 1983), nicknamed "Kid Blackie" and "The Manassa Mauler", was an American professional boxer who competed ...more

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George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Heavyweight

Age: 70

Nationality: United States of America

George Edward Foreman (born January 10, 1949) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1969 to 1977, and from 1987 to 1997. Nicknamed "Big George", he is a two-time ...more

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Joe Frazier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Heavyweight

Age: Dec. at 67 (1944-2011)

Nationality: United States of America

Joseph William Frazier (January 12, 1944 – November 7, 2011), nicknamed "Smokin' Joe", was an American professional boxer who competed from 1965 to 1981. He reigned as the undisputed ...more

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Julio César Ch&aa... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Lightweight, Super featherweight, Light welterweight

Age: 57

Nationality: Mexico

Julio César Chávez González (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxuljo ˈsesaɾ ˈtʃaβez ɣonˈsales]; born July 12, 1962), also known as Julio César Chávez Sr., is a Mexican ...more

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#8 of 49 The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time #34 of 207 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century #53 of 190 The Toughest Professional Fighters in History

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Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Welterweight, Lightweight, Light middleweight

Age: 68

Nationality: Panama

Roberto Durán Samaniego (born June 16, 1951) is a Panamanian former professional boxer who competed from 1968 to 2001. He held world championships in four weight classes: lightweight, ...more

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#5 of 49 The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time #30 of 207 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century #12 of 72 The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Super middleweight, Welterweight, Light middleweight

Age: 63

Nationality: United States of America

Ray Charles Leonard (born May 17, 1956), best known as "Sugar" Ray Leonard, is an American former professional boxer, motivational speaker, and occasional actor. Often regarded as one ...more

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#26 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #3 of 49 The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time #12 of 207 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

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Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Super middleweight, Middleweight, Light heavyweight

Age: 50

Nationality: United States of America

Roy Levesta Jones Jr. (born January 16, 1969) is an American former professional boxer, boxing commentator, boxing trainer, rapper, and actor who holds dual American and Russian citizenship. He ...more

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#21 of 49 The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time #14 of 207 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century #35 of 190 The Toughest Professional Fighters in History

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Marvelous Marvin Hagler ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Middleweight

Age: 65

Nationality: United States of America

Marvin Hagler (born Marvin Nathaniel Hagler; May 23, 1954) also known as Marvelous Marvin Hagler is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1973 to 1987. He reigned as the ...more

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#33 of 207 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century #6 of 190 The Toughest Professional Fighters in History #2 of 72 The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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Gene Tunney is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Heavyweight

Age: Dec. at 81 (1897-1978)

Nationality: United States of America

James Joseph "Gene" Tunney (May 25, 1897 – November 7, 1978) was an American professional boxer who competed from 1915 to 1928. He held the world heavyweight title from 1926 to 1928, ...more

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Jake LaMotta is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Middleweight

Age: 98

Nationality: Italy, United States of America

Giacobbe "Jake" LaMotta (July 10, 1922 – September 19, 2017) was an American professional boxer, world middleweight champion, and stand-up comedian. Nicknamed "The Bronx ...more

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John L. Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Heavyweight

Age: Dec. at 60 (1858-1918)

Nationality: United States of America

John Lawrence Sullivan (October 15, 1858 – February 2, 1918), also known as the "Boston Strong Boy", was an Irish-American boxer recognized as the first lineal heavyweight champion of ...more

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#21 of 207 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century #8 of 100 The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

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Archie Moore is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time

Age: Dec. at 82 (1916-1998)

Nationality: United States of America

Archie Moore (born Archibald Lee Wright; December 13, 1916 – December 9, 1998) was an American professional boxer and the longest reigning World Light Heavyweight Champion of all time (December ...more

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Evander Holyfield is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Cruiserweight, Light heavyweight, Heavyweight

Age: 57

Nationality: United States of America

Evander Holyfield (born October 19, 1962) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1984 to 2011. He reigned as the undisputed champion at cruiserweight in the late 1980s and at ...more

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Willie Pep is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Featherweight

Age: Dec. at 84 (1922-2006)

Nationality: United States of America

Guglielmo Papaleo (September 19, 1922 – November 23, 2006) was an American professional boxer, better known as Willie Pep who held the World Featherweight championship twice between the years of ...more

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Harry Greb is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Middleweight

Age: Dec. at 32 (1894-1926)

Nationality: United States of America

Edward Henry Greb (June 6, 1894 – October 22, 1926) was an American professional boxer. Nicknamed "The Pittsburgh Windmill", he was the American light heavyweight champion from 1922 to ...more

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Lennox Lewis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Heavyweight

Age: 54

Nationality: United Kingdom, Canada

Lennox Claudius Lewis , (born 2 September 1965) is a retired professional boxer who competed from 1989 to 2003. He is a three-time world heavyweight champion, a two-time lineal champion, and ...more

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Wladimir Klitschko is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Heavyweight

Age: 43

Nationality: Ukraine

Vladimir Vladimirovitsch Klitschko (born 25 March 1976) is a Ukrainian former professional boxer who competed from 1996 to 2017. He held the world heavyweight championship twice, including the ...more

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Gennady Golovkin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Gennady Golovkin Middleweight

Age: 37

Nationality: Kazakhstan

Gennadiy Gennadyevich Golovkin (Cyrillic: Геннадий Геннадьевич Головкин; born 8 April 1982), often known by his nickname "GGG" or "Triple G", is a Kazakh professional boxer. ...more

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#1,711 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #71 of 190 The Toughest Professional Fighters in History #7 of 72 The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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Max Schmeling is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Heavyweight

Age: Dec. at 100 (1905-2005)

Nationality: Germany

Maximillian Adolph Otto Siegfried Schmeling (German: [ˈʃmeːlɪŋ]; 28 September 1905 – 2 February 2005) was a German boxer who was heavyweight champion of the world between 1930 and 1932. His two ...more

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